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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Philanthropy, Private Independent Foundations

Mission: The Tim Griffith Foundation helps to heal and strengthen Bay Area communities by providing support and services to those affected by addiction, violence and loss.

Results: Opened Tim's House for six young men transitioning into productive lives after addiction issues and in some cases jail time. - 2009 Have held over 15 grief retreats for grieving mothers and father after the loss of a child. This is a unique retreat and we are very proud it. - 2009 We partnered with Acknowledge Alliance and supported a transition counselor for at risk youth in the Redwood City High School district. This counselor works with students who are transitioning from community schools or juvenile hall. 2012 (It has become a model for all the schools in the District - the results are incredible.)

Programs: Over 40,000 in grants to local organizations.

Community Stories

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

How many mothers have lost a son to violence or addiction or being at the wrong place at the wrong time?This mother, Tracy, Tim's mother, turned anger and despair in the loss of her son to a dedication to do something about it for other mothers and families through putting programs in place for young men in jail who stand a chance to turn things around in their lives before it's too late by going through rehab at Tim's House. Compassionate workshops for women overcoming violence and loss have also been made available and support of programs for young people learning to overcome anger and violent reactions that put them at risk of destroying their own potential if left unchecked, while there is still a chance.This is a wonderful investment for your donation. Having been involved in criminal justice and rehab, I have seen how effective these services are and that we can save the future that affects all of us by investing in and reaching out to those who are our future!

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SRedman Thank you for your kind words. It helps me too but I love Tim's memory being connected to helping so many. He was all about compassion - so we carry that on. Stacey

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Tim Griffith Memorial Foundation has supported individuals seeking to break free of addiction and find renewed purpose in their lives through education, compassion, and a place of peace and renewed purpose. To me personally, the experience at the Meadowlark Mother's Grief Retreat lead by Stacy and Lisa allowed me to experience the immense sadness and pain of my son's death and shattered heart, while understanding that these emotions are universal and that through the support of each other, we can experience love and slowly begin the healing process. I remember each and every mother, and their beautiful children and hold them in my heart. Thank you Stacy, Board Members, and the Foundation for the important and life changing work that you do everyday. This matters!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to The Tim Griffith Memorial Foundation since its creation. The work they do is so important. It is inspiring to me that in reaction to Tim's tragic death everyone close to him and his mom Stacey came together to do something so meaningful in his honor. It keeps his memory alive. Tim was kind, peace-loving and caring. Kindness, peace and care-giving is what TGMF fosters every day in our community.

kbettman17

Client Served

Rating: 5

Trying this again without the picture...I attended a Meadowlark retreat in 2017, 2 years after losing our precious son Foster to suicide. It was such a healing place of acceptance and sharing, and you know you are not alone when you leave.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Along the journey one travels when you lose a child to suicide, I heard about the Meadowlark retreat for mothers. I participated in the weekend retreat and was amazed at the compassion, welcoming and understanding extended to me and the whole group. I thank the Foundation for partially subsidizing this; it was very helpful to me and I took away a lot from it.And I now have a group of mothers I can call my friends and who understand me in a way no others can.
Kathy

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SRedman 07/11/2017

Kathy - thank you so much for coming to a Meadowlark Retreat. You do have friends - moms who understand your pain and grief.....Stacey

Sonia M.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Forever grateful for the Tim Griffith Foundation and the Meadowlark Retreat. I attended the Meadowlark Retreat 4 months after losing my 24 yr old son Joseph in a tragic skateboarding accident. My pain and my grief was so fresh, I didn't know what to expect or how I would handle it, but I felt so much peace the moment I walked into Spirit Hill Farms, the women I met there have saved me from some dark moments- We've stayed connected and call each other "Sister Moms," not a club I ever thought I would be a part of, but thankful that I have them ALL in my life! Thank you Stacey Redman and Carol Yates!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Stacey Redman and the Tim Griffith Foundation (TGF) were a beacon of light when I was lost in the darkness. The kindness and compassion from this group after I lost my son, Dillon, was unforgettable. In the worst moments of my life, TGF offered me a glimpse of hope. The women that I met at the Meadowlark retreat will forever be my family, as these are the people I go to in my darkest hours. I have not found another group such as TGF and Stacey that is so willing to walk this journey with me. I will be forever grateful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This group of humans is amazing! What a beautiful tribute they are to Tim and his legacy of love! I personally attended the Mother's Meadowlark Retreat three years ago. We never "get over" our grief when we lose a child or anyone we love but we learn how to somehow move through it. The retreat helped me in so many ways. I learned a bit about how to process my grief and how to do it my way but mostly I found that I AM NOT ALONE! and in the company of other grieving mom's I found hope and shed tears and shared stories and smiles and even laughter! It was a healing experience for me and the friendships made have continued to offer me comfort as I navigate this new road I am on. This journey is a difficult one but having this group is like a place to seek some shelter from the storm. Thank you for all you do Stacey and team! I know Tim is proud!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Tim Griffith Foundation (TGF) is top notch! From Stacey Redman, the founder as well as the dedicated Board of Directors and volunteers.....they are all such caring and great people.
The TGF has helped support the operations of our Tim's House, a home where young men get second chances. For the past past 10+ years, together we have been providing safe and affordable housing, coupled with case management services. The men that live in our home are hard at work, staying clean and sober, working and giving back to others that are in need. The Service League of San Mateo County could not be luckier having such an amazing partner in the TGF.
Karen M. Francone, Executive Director

Client Served

Rating: 5

The weekend retreat for bereaved parents is the only one of its kind -- you can tell that it is a labor of love, and it's so needed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I will be forever grateful to have found and particpated in a Meadowlark retreat for grieving mothers. The love, support and community that comes from spending a weekend with other mothers who, too, have lost a child under the gentle leadership of grief advisors is a true gift. Only a mother who is living without one of her children could create this type of retreat and environment and that's exactly what Stacey has done. The time, space and experience together is nothing short of sacred and offers all who attend something so important, wherever they are in their grieving process. Attending the Meadowlark retreat has been life changing and offered me a community of friends who truly understand, beyond the retreat. It has been an honor to support the TimGriffith Foundation and particpate in others ways as well. The work and support that is offered in all areas of focus amaze me and it is an honor to support the Tim Griffith Foundation.

1 thernandezheinz

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I know Stacey, I knew Tim. That’s why I first volunteered. I continue because of the profound work the foundation does with grieving parents and at-risk youth & young adults. There is immediate and long-lasting impact within the community it serves.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Stacey Redman started the Tim Griffin Foundation in 2005 to honor her son, Tim, who was tragically murdered. She used her own loss and grief as an impetus to reach out to help others. Surrounded by a community of women Stacey used the foundation to help others who are suffering the effects of losing a child, fighting the bondage of addiction or seeking alternatives to violence. The Meadowlark Retreats provide a safe place for grieving parents to find support as they struggle with their loss. Young men who are residents of Tim’s House find a safe and sober environment as they work through their recovery. As well, at risk high school students receive counseling and support as they transition to mainstream high school and learn alternatives to violence. I have been privileged to see the positive results of their work and I am proud to be a volunteer of this organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

The TGMF is filled with strong, loving board members and volunteers who tirelessly work for the benefit of the community, in honor of our beloved Tim. The anti-violence, rehabilitation, and counseling work they do is appreciated by all who have the blessing of being helped by the foundation. TGMF continues to grow and get better and better each year, with all that they offer their community!

Cheryl F.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first heard of this foundation because of one of the other roles they serve: helping grieving mothers who have lost a child. After observing this foundation for the past year I have to say that I am so greatly impressed with what they have been able to do, and in such a short amount of time. It takes foundations with hundreds of backers and millions of dollars a much longer time to succeed at what this group has been able to do. After meeting the foundation founders I'm struck by the fact that they are such genuine, down-to-earth people, trying to help those who may have no other resources for help. The scope of this foundation is amazing. I traveled 2,500 miles one way in order to attend one of their seminars because there is nothing like it in the area I come from. I'd gladly recommend this group to any of my friends and am glad to be associated with them.

timgriffith3288

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is difficult to describe the strength and warmth and love I felt when attending a mother's weekend just two years after my daughter, Emily, passed away. Sharing stories with other mothers who could REALLY understand was like being wrapped in a warm blanket. I thank all the sponsors and leaders, and hope this will remain a support system for many years for the many parents who lose children. ❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

How to begin? The Tim Griffith foundation sponsors weekend retreats for bereaved parents. I attended one last year and it was truly amazing. I felt enwrapped in loving arms and was granted the space to discuss and grieve my daughter. Not only did everyone understand (they were all grieving mothers) but the wanted to hear eachothers stories and our discussions helped me understand my own feelings. Not to mention the magnificent venue and gourmet food we enjoyed. I feel blessed to be a part of this community and the foundation makes it available to all.

I also attended a weekend as a volunteer and felt just as much love and warmth as when I was a guest.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I thought I was doing just fine in my grieving when I attended a Meadowlark retreat, and then I realized I wasn't. As traumatic as it was to share my story with the other mothers and to hear theirs, I eventually came to peace with what I learned about myself, about my grief journey, about being a survivor, and about my child. Thank you to the Tim Griffith Foundation. You really do deliver hope out of tragedy.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is difficult to think of an organization that has been more impactful in my life since the sudden loss of my 19 year old son Andrew ten years ago. Little did I know that as a participant in the first Meadowlark retreat, I would join a caring community that provides a place to share grief and begin the slow road toward healing from such a devastating loss. TGF continues to be a touchstone in my life and I am so grateful for the opportunity to continue to be involved in its mission.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The opportunity to be with other mothers who have lost a child doesn't sound like a happy gathering, but it is a balm to the soul for those of us who live with this grief. Sharing something so huge, so life-altering, and soul-stretching with other people who live in your same hard world helps in countless ways. Somehow, it just does. And the way the Tim Griffith Foundation brings us together and then holds and comforts and cares for us on a Meadowlark Retreat is so powerful. I am always grateful for the support of the Tim Griffith Foundation, the genuine love-in-action brought forth in her grief of founder Stacey Redman, Tim's mother -- and all the people who make such a difference doing this work in Tim's memory.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a Meadowlark Retreat for grieving mothers in September of 2018. I found it to be an amazingly healing and supportive experience and have reflected on things that we talked about there many times since, on both difficult days and better ones. I would love to see more grieving parents have such an opportunity to join with others who understand what they are going through and I think the Tim Griffiths Foundation could lead the way towards helping many more clients with such retreats in the future. A wonderful group of leaders, healers, volunteers and friends, I feel so lucky to have discovered them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This non profit Organization is great!! I had the wonderful experience of attending the meadowlark retreat for grieving moms!! It was so good for my soul my mind and most importantly my heart!! I miss my beautiful angel so much and having my new friends who I met through the Tim Griffith Foundation has truly been a blessing!! RIP Chelsey Lewis

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My beloved 29 year old son was murdered in 2017. I attended the Meadowlark Retreat for Mothers and it offered me a safe place to share my story, talk about my son in a caring environment. The facilitation was exceptional, Spirit Hill Farm
Is beautiful and peaceful, the pace of the weekend healing and I left the weekend feeling I had truly started on a path towards healing. I was so inspired that I started volunteering for TGF, became a donor and have recently joined the Board of Directors

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My beloved 29 year old son was murdered 20 months ago. I attended the Meadowlark Mothers Retreat and found compassion, support and healing throughout the weekend. The facilitators were superb and made sure all particioants’ Voices were heard and comforted. The Meadowlark experience and the connection to the other grieving mothers in a beautiful environment have stayed with me. The experience was so meaningful that I am now volunteering for the Tim Griffith Foundation. It’s mission is critical to our community.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of the Tim Griffith Foundation for a few years, and am always impressed by the drive of the Board and Volunteers. The money raised by the Foundation goes to grassroots programs and initiatives that make a positive impact on the Bay Area community, which is why I will continue to support them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the great opportunity of attending meadow lark retreat Sept 2018 my expiernce was amazing and I highly recommend it to all grieving Parents

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Tim Griffith Foundation both as a volunteer and a supporter since its beginning. The services they provide fill a much needed gap in support for certain populations. The mother's grief retreats not only allow for healing but are a powerful support in both helping women move on in their lives and having the ongoing support of others who understand what the loss truly means. The founder, Stacey Redman and the board are thoughtful in considering how the funds would be most effectively used, creative in their programs and committed to the community. It is rare to find a non-profit that is so clear on their focus, impactful in their outcomes and run entirely by volunteers leaving all of the funds to go directly where they are needed. I know of no other organization in this space that deserves the recognition.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Tim Griffith Foundation as a volunteer for 8 years. I have seen it grow from a vision to an inspirational and highly effective organization that not only serves the community but brings support and hope to so many. The creativity, innovative strategies and passion for helping others is driven by its founder, Stacey Redman. It has been immensely rewarding to not only be a part of this organization but to know that the work has positively impacts the lives of so many. In a sea of non-profits, The Tim Griffith Foundation stands out as a shining star of heart and accomplishment.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first went to a Tim Griffith fundraiser in 2017 and was struck by how well organised it was, and how many different facets of the community that the foundation helps.
I came on board as a volunteer halfway through this year and witnessed how hard working everyone on the board and all the volunteers are. I've also been privileged to hear the stories of those who have benefited from the foundation's assistance and I really believe it is filling a need in the community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

These people are passionate, experienced and dedicated. They are doing good work.
I attended a retreat; it was organized very well, I experienced exactly what I came for. I couldn’t have asked for more! Thank you!

Donor

Rating: 5

Tim was a close friend of mine. I have donated to the foundation since the beginning. It is greatly moving to see how an incident of such tragic proportions can expand into exponential positive transformations at so many different levels. I love everything TGMF does. It gives me hope and inspires me to continue spreading love and compassion throughout the life that I am blessed to live. Tim would be smitten to see his how his legacy has enriched the lives of others.

"The Juice"

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am part of the Tim Griffith Foundation, and each time I volunteer or attend events I meet new people. Sometimes they are clients that use our services, sometimes they are professionals with expertise in the fields we serve, and sometimes it's other volunteers who are generous with their time. I get back far more from my participation with the Tim Griffith Foundation than I ever put in, and I look forward to many more years of meeting new people.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud that the foundation I volunteer with is doing so much good work in the Bay Area on matters as difficult as dealing with addiction, violence and loss. Most everyone has been touched by one or all of these areas, and there's so much need for healing. Volunteering with and/or financially supporting Tim Griffith Foundation makes a big impact and difference to many!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I went to the Meadowlark retreat for moms who have lost children. I felt so loved, embraced and comforted and FINALLY like someone gets it... Someone understands my overwhelming grief, loss, heartache. Losing a child is losing your future and is the most painful experience any parent will ever endure. Having someone there to walk you through it, to hold you up even, in a retreat setting like this was amazing. To feel cared for when you just feel that you can't care for yourself some days is an incredible gift that the Tim Griffith Memorial foundation has given parents. THANK YOU from the bottom of my broken heart

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It's difficult to express how healing the Meadowlark Retreat is unless you've been there. A weekend retreat for mothers who have lost adult children, 7 women sharing our stories and our children. The most beautiful setting in the wine country, led by caring volunteers who prepared delicious organic meals and created a peaceful space, loose structure, spiritual rituals, and pampering. There was no detail left undone. I hate to use this word, but an AMAZING experience.

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SRedman 07/11/2017

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with others. It takes a lot of courage to come to one of the retreats and I am so glad that you did....and that you found it so helpful....Stacey

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Name is Pamela Smith
I now volunteer for the TGF, however I first was a client served.
I came to one of the meadowlark retreats after the loss of my youngest son Trevor.
to date there has been nothing that has given me more in my journey then the week end I spent.
It also is an amazing day twice a year, the Sunday before Mothers Day and the first Sunday of December, during times that Moms with child loss find difficult we get together for continued support from each other.
I have been grateful to become a volunteer at the meadowlark retreats, helping with food preparation and taking care of the moms who attend. Knowing behind the seen what goes into these retreats, the care , thought and compassion just to mention a few makes me honored to be apart of this wonderful foundation

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SRedman 07/11/2017

Pam - thank you so much - we couldn't do it without ya! love, Stacey and the TGF Board

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Eleven months after my eleven-year-old son died, I went to a grief retreat called Meadowlark through the Tim Griffith Foundation. It was there that I met other grieving mothers for the first time and had an opportunity to talk about my son to other women who understood. I got to tell my story from start to finish without worrying that my story was going to upset anyone. We were all upset. We were all broken by child loss. It was during that weekend retreat that I realized for the first time that I was powerless to save my son. We were all powerless. I'm grateful for the opportunity to have gone to Meadowlark. 

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The work that is done and supported by the Tim Griffith Foundation is life changing and of the highest caliber. They soothe the hearts of those who are broken due to the loss of a child. They provide shelter, rehabilitation, and hope to those who are desperately trying to turn their lives around. They helped found and and continue to support the necessary mental health counseling services that our under served , transitioning youth need and deserve to helps them begin to heal in ways that allow them to improve relationships and focus on staying and succeeding in school. Their devotion and dedication to these services and the people who receive them, is extraordinary and a gift to our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with the Tim Griffith Foundation for nearly 10 years. They are a tight knit group of passionate individuals who all care very much about the organizations they support. I would highly recommend getting involved or donating to this group as they are well guided and very thoughtful in how they choose what organizations/issues to support.

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SRedman 07/07/2017

Thank you so much Gina - your continued volunteering and support mean so much to us. We couldn't do it without you. Stacey

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Volunteer

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I have volunteered for many of the Tim Griffith Foundation events but there are two that I remember the most. Listening to the young man who spoke at last year's November Gala about his life of drugs, violence and neglect that has been turned into a life of care, value and peace through his time at the Foundation's "Tim's House" was particularly moving. Also, the changed look of the faces of the men who were grieving the loss of their children at the end of the Meadowlark Retreat was unforgettable. As they worked together to build a children's playhouse and painted remembrances of their precious children on each panel of the house, their spirits were lifted and they came together to comfort each other in a way that was life changing for each and every one of them. There is no better feeling after volunteering my time than to see in person the effect that the Tim Griffith Foundation had on these people. I would gladly give my time any time I am needed. ~Kenny Jackson, Foundation Volunteer

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SRedman 07/07/2017

Kenny - thank you so much for all that you and Debbie do for the Foundation. We could not accomplish what we do without you.....Stacey

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am new to the Tim Griffith Board, but not new to the foundation. I first became a volunteer cofacilitator for the Meadowlark Mother's Retreats. When a child dies, a familie's world is destroyed. The retreat allows a Mom or Dad an opportunity to get a little bit of their world back and rejoin life. In addition to grief, those touched by violence or addiction can also find hope and support. The work of this foundation helps to rebuild lives and I am extremely proud to support their work financially and as a volunteer, so these important services can continue to be offered to those in need.